2010 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation Raises More Than $665,000 for Local Charities; 2011 Date Change Announced
The tenth-annual BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation golf tournament raised $665,041 for 72 Upstate and Western North Carolina charities, it was announced today during Communities for Charity presented by Michelin.
Officials from South Carolina Charities, Inc. presented checks to representatives from 23 of the 72 participating charities at the tournament’s annual check presentation, Communities for Charity presented by Michelin held at Michelin on Main in downtown Greenville. Over the past decade, the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation has raised nearly $8 million for 125+ Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina charities. The tournament is a leading charity event on the Nationwide Tour.
“We’re thrilled to be able to give back to these 72 non-profit organizations; they do so much to support the tournament,” said Bobby Hitt, president of South Carolina Charities, Inc., the non-profit organization that manages the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation. “These charities not only support the tournament with volunteers, but they sell tickets and playing opportunities. It’s a win-win situation for all involved.”
Awards were also presented to the 2010 volunteers of the year as well as one for the Nationwide Tour’s Volunteer of the Week. The 2010 volunteers of the year were Jack Davis (Thornblade Club), Ray Dowis (The Carolina Country Club), Cynthia Tucker (Bright’s Creek Golf Club), Martie O’Shields (Transportation Committee) and Alan Weymouth (Nationwide Tour Volunteer of the Week).
Tournament officials also announced that the 2011 event will move to the third week of May, with tournament rounds occurring May 19-22, 2011. Information regarding sponsorship and playing opportunities for the 2011 event may be obtained by contacting Mike Ivester at (864) 630-9276. All opportunities will be posted online at www.bmwcharitygolf.com in September.
A record 57,000 fans witnessed Justin Hicks win the 10th annual BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation. The win, which came after a one hour rain delay in which Hicks and pro Fabian Gomez were the only two remaining golfers left on the 18th fairway, was the first this year for the University of Michigan alum. He finished the tournament at –20 under par (66, 65, 69, 66).
To date, Hicks has earned a total of $160,531 ($108,000 from the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation) so far this year and is ranked 15 on the Nationwide Tour money list. The top 25 money leaders on the Nationwide Tour automatically earn playing status on the PGA TOUR in 2011.
Amateur Rolf Klam and his professional partner Scott Gutschewski won the Pro-Am/Pro-Celeb portion of the tournament at -47 under par. They donated their $5,000 winnings to the S.C. Mountains to Midlands Affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Hall of Fame baseball player and Anderson native, Jim Rice and his professional partner Rob Oppenheim finished second. They donated their $4,000 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Greenville native Jennifer Mills and her pro Gomez finished sixth. Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney and his playing pro Phillip Mollica finished 10th.
The 25 celebrities that competed in the 2010 tournament were Catherine Bell, Lucas Black, Javier Colon, Don Felder, Thomas Gibson, Oliver Hudson, Rob Marciano, Branford Marsalis, Jennifer Mills, Terry O’Quinn, Michael Pena, Jerry Rice, Jim Rice, George Rogers, Joe Don Rooney, Kurt Russell, Stefanie Schaeffer, Sterling Sharpe, Kevin Sorbo, Kordell Stewart, Dabo Swinney, Paula Trickey, Gary Valentine, Patrick Warburton and Ben Wright.
The 72 charities benefiting from the 2010 tournament include: 100 Black Men of Upstate SC, Inc., A Child’s Haven, Inc., Alzheimer’s Association, American Diabetes Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upstate, Blue Ridge Council Boy Scouts of America, Calvary Home for Children, Cancer Association of Spartanburg & Cherokee Counties, Carolina Football Club, Charles Lea Center Foundation, Child Evangelism Fellowship of Greenville and Spartanburg, Children’s Security Blanket Project, Inc., Christ Central Ministries, Inc., Christ Church Episcopal School, Citizen Scholars, Clarity, Inc., Clemson Sertoma Club, Communities in Schools of Greenville Inc., Compass of Carolina, Dogs for Autism, Dribble for Destiny, Inc., Fellowship of Christian Athletes, FENCE, First Foundations, Inc., First Tee Greenville, First Tee Spartanburg, Friends of Harmon Field, Friends of the Guardian ad Litem Program, Friends of the Reedy River, Inc., Golden Corner Ministries, Greenville Rape Crisis & Child Abuse Center, Greenwood Lions Club Foundation, Greer Middle College Charter High School, Greer Relief & Resources Agency, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Helping Hand Developmental Center, Inc., Henderson County Dispute Settlement Center, Hickory Nut Gorge Olympiad, Hidden Treasure, Hispanic-American Women’s Association, Homes for Life Inc., Homes of Hope, Imagination Library c/o United Way of the Piedmont, Isaac’s Friends, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, LifePoint, Inc., Little Steps, Make a Wish Foundation of S.C., Meals on Wheels of Greenville, Inc., Mental Health America, Middle Tyger Community Center, Mobile Meals of Spartanburg County, Inc., NCCAA, Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School, Palmetto Council Boy Scouts of America, Pet Tender Angels Rescue and Rehabilitation, Inc., Pleasant Valley Connection Inc., Project Hope Foundation Inc., Riverside HS Athletic Booster Club – Girls Golf Fundraiser, Ronald McDonald House Charities, S.C. Mountains to Midlands Affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Scottish Rite of Freemasonary, South Carolina Heart Gallery Foundation, Southeastern Children’s Home, Spartanburg District 2 Released Time, St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Temple Baptist Church, Tigers Go, Walker Foundation, Wings of Hope Foundation, YMCA Camp Greenville and YMCA of Greater Spartanburg.
The BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation is the only tournament on the PGA TOUR’s Nationwide Tour where amateurs and celebrities are grouped with Nationwide Tour professionals in a four-day better-ball competition over three courses. Amateurs, celebrities and pros rotate between three courses on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with the 14 lowest scoring pro-amateur/pro-celebrity teams advancing to play Sunday’s final round at Thornblade Club. Celebrities play once at each course on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
For more information on the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation call (864) 297-1660 or visit the tournament’s website at www.bmwcharitygolf.com.